New Delhi: Olympic bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain on Friday said that she has no problem in appearing for a trial to earn a place in the Indian team for the World Championships, ending her silence on the matter raised by national champion Arundhati Chowdhury.
Arundhati had moved court to challenge Boxing Federation of India’s (BFI) decision of selecting Borgohain for the showpiece event without a trial.
With the World Championships postponed to May 2022 due to Covid-19, the BFI informed the court that fresh trials will take place to ensure that everyone gets a fair chance.
“I’ve no problems in appearing for a trial. I always accept the decision of my federation. It was the federation’s decision to not have trials, I had accepted that,” said Borgohain as told to Olympics.com.
“Now if the federation wants to conduct a trial I have no problem whatsoever. I am a fighter and I just believe in fighting in the ring.”
The 24-year-old Borgohain secured bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 after going down 0-5 against Busenaz Sumenili of Turkey in the semifinal.
Talking about her bout, the Indian said that she lost the match due to lack of training, pandemic and personal injuries.
“I think I lost that bout because of my lack of training. Due to Covid and my personal injuries I could not train to the maximum. You always prepare differently for the Olympics but I think I could not do that.
“If I had been in continuous training I would have defeated her. I had nothing but gold in my mind in Tokyo,” she added.
Borgohain has set her target to clinch gold medal at the Paris 2024. She is using her time to work on her strength.
“I am using the time to work on my strength. Previously, I had stated that I need to improve my strength. So for the past four months, I have been doing strength training. Now I feel much better. So I have taken the break very positively.”
The boxer further revealed had she won gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, she would have shifted to professional boxing.
“I like professional boxing a lot. I had thought that if I win gold in Tokyo I will shift to professional boxing. But I stopped at bronze. So in Paris, the target is gold. After that, I can join professional boxing,” she said.